Lexington, NC -- Faith has turned to frustration for people who trusted Zeek Rewards with their money.
The Securities and Exchange Commission calls the Lexington-based penny auction site a $600 million Ponzi scheme. And almost a week after the site shut down, about one million people are wondering what happened to their money.
A federal judge has appointed a receiver to take control of Zeek Rewards' assets. That receiver will parse through what's left and try to get at least some money back to the people who invested in the site by buying penny bids. Most people understand the chances of getting all their money back are slim. But WFMY News 2 has also heard from a few folks who recently sent the site a check to buy bids and want to stop payment on that check before it's cashed.
But that will be tricky, though. The site required people to send in their money through an official or cashier's check. Those are as good as cash, and they clear much faster than a personal check. But a spokeswoman at Truliant Federal Credit Union says because that receiver is in place, any checks he chooses to process from any bank must be honored -- and by law, payment can't be stopped.
Attorneys working on the case for the receiver said through email that they are "holding all cashier's checks and the presumption is that they will be presented to the issuing banks."
The receiver can be reached online here, where updates on the case will also be posted.
WFMY News 2